Gerald W. Ellison
August 10, 1947 – March 23, 2023
Gerald Wayne Ellison, age 75, passed away in his home peacefully, in the care of Hospice of Michigan, surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born in Monroe, MI on August 10, 1947, to Coolidge and Lillian (Osborne) Ellison. Jerry was a graduate of Monroe High School in 1965 and was drafted and served in the US Army in the Signal Corp from September 1966 until 1968. He was stationed in Germany. Although he proudly served only two years in the Army, it was a significant and important time in his life. To say he was a proud American would be an understatement. Jerry was a member of the VFW Post 4093 in Carleton, MI and the American Legion Post 0066 of Carleton, MI.
He married his beloved wife, Margaret A. Leonard, in 1972. They recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on November 3, 2022.
Jerry was employed by Consumers Energy as a lineman form March 1969 until his retirement in 2005. He also worked as a projectionist for the Denniston Drive-in and Denniston Cinemas in Monroe, MI for 10 years.
Jerry was always the fun loving, life of the party type of guy who loved his family and friends and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed small scale farming with his dad and his siblings and also dabbled in stamp and coin collecting.
Jerry leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Margaret; his two children: Mark (Christina) Ellison and Jennifer (Corey) Wiley; 3 of his 4 granddaughters: Quinn (Jose) Moncada, Taylor (Charlie) Steward, and Laine (Jared, fiancé) Ellison; grandson, Paul Gonzales; great grandson, Elias Moncada; his mother, Lillian Ellison; three siblings, Janice (Bob) Menzel, Larry H. Ellison, and Kathy Thoma; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Coolidge Ellison, and a granddaughter, Miranda Lynn Wiley.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Rupp Funeral Home beginning at 10 am until the time of service starting at 12 pm. Rev. Danny Slater will officiate. After, an Honor Guard Service will take place under the auspice of VFW Post 4093 of Carleton. You may view the livestream at the Rupp Funeral Home Facebook which will go live a few minutes prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.
Words of comfort and condolences to the family may be made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com